History and English, BA

The English department and the history department offer an interdisciplinary combined major in English and history. Students interested in the combined major in English and history integrate the study of literature and writing with the study and analysis of human history.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

History Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1000History at Northeastern1
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Complete one course from the 1000 level.4
History Seminar and Historical Writing
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
Pre-1800 History Elective
Complete one of the following: 4
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Intermediate/Advanced History Cluster
Complete three history courses numbered 2303 or above.12
Advanced History
Complete one history course at the 3000 level or above.4
Capstone
HIST 4701Capstone Seminar4

History Cluster

In conjunction with your history advisor, define a history cluster by the first semester of your junior year of study. A cluster comprises four history courses with no more than two courses in the 1200–1299 range.

English Requirements

English Course-Level Requirement
In addition to the capstone, two of the courses chosen from the lists below must be numbered 3000–4999.
Introduction to College
ENGL 1000English at Northeastern1
Foundational Courses
ENGL 1400Introduction to Literary Studies4
ENGL 1160Introduction to Rhetoric4
or ENGL 1410 Introduction to Writing Studies
Diversity
Complete one of the following courses. This course may also be used to fulfill an additional English requirement below:4
Literature and Digital Diversity
Early African-American Literature
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Writing in Global Contexts
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to Shakespeare
Global Literature to 1500
17th-Century British Literature
Early African-American Literature
Milton
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Topics in Early Literatures
Topics in Shakespeare
Topics in 17th- and 18th-Century Literatures
Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-First-Century Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Romantic Poetry
The American Renaissance
American Realism
Emerson and Thoreau
19th-Century Major Figure
Topics in 19th-Century Literatures
The Graphic Novel
Contemporary American Literature
The Modern Bestseller
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
Contemporary Israeli Literature and Art (Abroad)
Modern and Contemporary Jewish Literature
20th- and 21st-Century Major Figure
Theories and Methods
Complete one of the following: 4
Grammar: The Architecture of English
Introduction to Rhetoric
Introduction to Writing Studies
Literature and Digital Diversity
Rhetoric of Law
Technologies of Text
Writing Cultures
The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing
Narrative Medicine
Topics in Literary Criticism
Opening the Archive
Research in Rhetoric and Writing
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Linguistic Analysis
Syntax
Semantics
History of English
Language and Gender
Topics in Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Complete one of the following:4
Trouble in Utopia
Animals, Objects, Humans
Reading and Writing in the Digital Age
British Literature to 1800
American Literature to 1865
American Literature 1865 to Present
Literature and Digital Diversity
The Modern Short Story
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Contemporary Poetry
Contemporary Fiction
Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Women Writers
American Women Writers
Multiethnic Literatures of the U.S.
Asian-American Literature
Horror Fiction
Science Fiction
Irish Literary Culture (Abroad)
What Is Nature? (Abroad)
Boston in Literature
The Literature of Science
Film and Text (Abroad)
Children’s Literature
The African-American Novel
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Topics in Genre
Writing
Complete one of the following:4
Creative Writing
Style and Editing
Digital Writing
Writing and Community Engagement
Writing in Global Contexts
Writing to Heal
Visual Writing: Writing Visuals
Writing for Social Media: Theory and Practice
Writing Boston
Creative Nonfiction
Poetry Workshop
Fiction Workshop
Topics in Writing
Publishing in the 21st Century
The Writer’s Marketplace
Capstone
ENGL 4710Capstone Seminar4
or ENGL 4720 Capstone Project
English Electives
Complete two additional ENGL electives.8

Integrative Requirement

Required Integrative Course
ENGL 4400Opening the Archive4

Experiential Learning Requirement

The History Seminar (HIST 2301) fulfills the university’s experiential learning requirement.

Program Requirements

128 total semester hours required

Sample Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 10001HIST elective or integrative 14VacationVacation
HIST 12001HIST elective or integrative 24  
HIST 12014ENGL 1160 or 14104  
ENGW 11114Elective 4  
ENGL 14004   
Elective4   
 18 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
HIST 23014HIST elective or integrative 34VacationCo-op
HIST 23021HIST elective or integrative 44  
Pre–19th-century ENGL 419th-, 20th-, or 21st-century ENGL4  
ENGL theory/methods4Elective4  
Elective4   
 17 16 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST elective or integrative 54Elective4Co-op
 ENGL comparative4Elective4 
 ENGL writing4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opHIST elective or integrative 64Elective4Co-op
 ENGL diversity4Elective4 
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opHIST capstone or HIST senior project or ENGL capstone4  
 HIST elective or integrative 74  
 Elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 131